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Added 3 September 2020

A History of Dzongsar Monastery

| History

by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Some notes on the history of Dzongsar Monastery, seat of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892) and Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959), with emphasis on the sacred objects that the monastery housed during Khyentse Wangpo's time and thereafter.

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Latest additions from the Longchen Nyingtik Project

September 2020


Transference: Enlightenment without Meditation | Transference

compiled by Patrul Rinpoche

This compilation, which supplements the root text of the transference (phowa) practice from the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingtik) with additional prayers, is extracted from Patrul Rinpoche's famous The Words of My Perfect Teacher (kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung). Read text >

Rigdzin Dupa

The Vajra Lute: A Brief Fulfilment for the Guru Practice of Vidyādhara-Assembly, from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse | Longchen Nyingtik

by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

A brief fulfilment (skong ba) practice to be recited as part of the gaṇacakra offering for the Longchen Nyingtik guru practice of Rigdzin Düpa (Vidyādhara Assembly). Read text >

Rigdzin Dupa

A Glimpse of the Crucial Points: The Vidyādhara's Manual of Concealed Instructions (Gabjang) | Longchen Nyingtik

by Jigme Lingpa

Four sets of concealed instructions (gab byang) related to the practice of Rigdzin Düpa (Vidyādhara Assembly), on 1) the wisdom deity, 2) the mantra, 3) the palanquin (do li) samādhi, and 4) the results of the practice. Read text >

From the Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Sungbum Project

September 2020

Jamyang Khyentse

Spontaneously Written Song of Experience | Dzogchen

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Spontaneously composed verses on the uniqueness and profundity of the Dzogchen approach, which centres on the recognition of mind's intrinsic awareness. Read text >

Peaceful and Wrathful Deities

Fostering Recollection to Dispel the Torment of Deluded Perception: An Aspiration for the Bardos | Dying & the Bardos

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

An aspiration to recognise the true nature of each stage of the bardo experience, from the moment of death and accompanying stages of dissolution through to the bardo of becoming, and thereby attain awakening. Read text >


Guru Yoga of the Great Learned and Accomplished Ācārya Haribhadra | Guru Yoga

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Composed in 1954 on the basis of a visionary experience, this guru yoga features the great Indian paṇḍita Haribhadra with the Mother Prajñāpāramitā at his heart. Read text >


Genealogy of the Dharma Kings of Derge | History

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A list of the kings of Derge (sde dge) and their ancestors from the semi-divine progenitor Gar Namtsa Druk onwards, including numbered generations beginning with Gar Tongtsen, a minister to Songtsen Gampo. Read text >

Palace Monastery

Royal Genealogy of Sikkim | History

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A concise summary of the history of Sikkim with a special focus on its royal genealogy, possibly notes taken when reading the original 'Bras ljongs rgyal rabs by the ninth Chogyal Thutob Namgyal and Maharani Yeshe Dolma. Read text >

Other recent additions

August–September 2020

Ngawang Tendar

On Literary Composition | Literary Theory

by Ngawang Tendar

Extracted from The Sunlight of Eloquent Explanation: A Presentation of Exposition, Debate, and Composition ('chad rtsod rtsom gsum gyi rnam gzhag legs bshad nyin byed snang ba), this brief analysis by Ngawang Tendar Lharampa (1759/1751–1831) discusses the qualities of an author, classifications of literary treatises and process of composing a treatise. Read text >


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Highlights from archive


Aspiration for the Stages of the Path | Lamrim

by Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa

This very short prayer of aspiration, just seven quatrains long, focuses on accomplishing the stages of the path (lamrim) as a means to benefit all beings. Read text >

Sera Khandro

A Song of Amazement Inspired by Practice Experience | Meditation

by Sera Khandro

This song of amazement originates in a vision that Sera Khandro had while staying in retreat at Nyimalung in Amdo at the age of twenty-nine. The text is her response to the spirits and demons who appeared to her and asked what she was doing. Read text >

* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages; it is said to derive from lokacakṣu, literally "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.